Miami both beachfront and outdoor living, Miami centres on leisure facilities such as golf courses, walking parks and sporting clubs with swimming pools, tennis courts, and activity and little athletics centres frequented every weekend by the local residents and their children. Its peaceful and relaxing beachfront is patrolled by two surf clubs, Nobby Beach SLSC and Miami SLSC and extends from Nobby’s Magic Mountain through to North Burleigh. Three parks cover over a quarter of the suburb’s area.
Miami consists of established older style apartments and expensive homes situated along the beachside. Older beach houses on smaller lots can be found on the other side of the Gold Coast Highway. Several retail properties run the length of the Gold Coast Highway, mixed in with the old motels that are slowly being renovated or torn down to be replaced by stylish and more modern holiday apartments.
In the 1960s, holiday crowds would stay in nearby motels and visit Magic Mountain Entertainment Park, riding the hill by the main attraction, “the chair-lift”. Today the Mountain is no longer a theme park but home to holiday-let apartments with sweeping views of Nobby Beach to the north and the south. At the base of the mountain, retail shops and restaurants are abundant. Just a short walk around the south side is the Miami High School, the Miami Tavern and nearby Caravan Park, which attracts travellers, fisherman and sporting enthusiasts all year round. The small Nobby Beach shopping village has grown in recent times welcoming an overdue ‘facelift’ to the area. New and trendy neighbours have moved in to sell fresh fruit drinks and set up coffee shops and exotic delicatessens.
Complete with barbecue and picnic areas, Miami and Nobby Beach are situated on one of the more popular coastal strips of the Gold Coast. Every morning walkers and cyclists can be seen using the walking track that follows the beach and winds up along a steep trail to a cliff top lookout that divides the two suburbs, offering breathtaking views up and down the coast. There are plenty of attractions around Miami, particularly west of the highway, including Pizzey Park that has a pathway that weaves through pine trees and around a lake.
The Miami Olympic Pool is another landmark that has been a training centre for the likes of Grant Hackett, Gian Rooney and Ky Hurst, and there is also the local Burleigh Bears Rugby League Club, on Bob Singh Oval nearby, that has been welcoming football players and guests for more than 60 years. The Club has recently been renovated to keep up with the influx of rugby leagues enthusiasts. The ongoing revitalisation of this suburb by developers, council and local business has contributed to rising property values in the area. Recently Miami has been seeing a lot of new developments and investor interests, as well as owner-occupiers remaining at home to renovate and add built-ons and extensions to existing homes.
Community development has also been of recent focus, with two community halls available for hire within the suburb. Rugby league is the predominant sport of the region, with the local team, the Burleigh Bears, supplemented by one of the largest junior playing clubs in the state. Miami’s education facilities include the Miami Primary School and Miami State High School.